Virginia Pelley

Life

What Is the Divorce Rate in America?

People tend to think that more than 50 percent of couples get divorced every year in America. But that's not true. Here's what is.

Life

How Men Lose the Respect of Their Wives, Kids, and Families — And How They Can Win It Back

Regardless of how it was lost, respect can be hard to get back. Commanding it isn’t the answer.

The Long Haul

Couples Who Make It Through Tough Times Share These 8 Traits

In the long run, this is the stuff that really matters.

Parenting a Parent

Beware Parentification: The Dangers Of Leaning On Your Child For Emotional Support

Children are naturally empathetic, so it’s easy for parents to place them in situations where they feel more like parents than kids.

You Got This

Improve Yourself, Improve Your Relationships

Putting in the effort to work on your stuff, whatever it may be, tends to improve all of your relationships.

Life

Why Letting Your Partner Make All the Decisions Can Be Bad for Your Marriage

It's not *necessarily* a bad thing. But when both partners are engaged in decision-making, it's often healthier and more effective.

Health

Eat, Play, Love: The Science of Play and Its Impact on Childhood Development

For kids, play is a state of being. For parents, it’s an investment in time and money (just ask the $28 billion toy industry). But what, exactly, is play? Science has an answer.

Life

How to Make Better Joint Decisions With Your Partner

Decisions can be tough to make as a team. This is how to sidestep the most common — and frustrating — parts of the process and come together as a unit.

Life

How to Forgive Yourself: A Parent’s Guide to Letting Go of Failures

It's hard to forgive yourself for past mistakes. But it's necessary. This is how to move on.

Life

How Happy Marriages Stay Happy: 7 Signs of a Rock-Solid Relationship

This is what it takes for a marriage to stay happy over time.

Life

How to Be There For a Partner With Anxiety

Anxiety can be hard on relationships. But healthy communication and understanding can help avoid any issues. Here’s how to navigate it together.

Life

What Men Really Want in Bed

Think you know what drives male desire? Think again.

Life

How to Truly Support a Partner Who Is Struggling with Burnout

This is how to be there for them — and yourself.

Life

The Science of the Socially Awkward Dad

And will post-pandemic life be painfully awkward?

Life

Why Good Men are Bad to Their Families

This is a story about bears.

Health

New Dads Go Through a Second Puberty

When a man becomes a dad, his body changes. Hormones fluctuate. Emotions swirl. But it's a major transition he may not even notice.

Life

There Are Two Types of Coronavirus Couples

And only one is coming out of this intact.

Life

Maternal Gatekeeping Affects Grandparents, Too

Do mom's parents have an advantage over dad's? Not necessarily. But, as the role of gatekeeper is often thrust upon women, it's natural to lean on maternal grandparents.

Life

How to Check on an Aging Parent’s Mental Health From Afar

Seeing your loved ones, even just on screen, offers an important window of opportunity with which to gauge their mental health.

Life

What Living Near Grandma and Grandpa Does for a Family

Living near grandparents provides a unique set of pros and cons for every member of the family.